Pamukkale, meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish
Trip Start Dec 26, 2009
6Trip End Feb 02, 2010
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There's no flight direct to Pamukkale, only limited flight from Istanbul to Denizli, the gateway to Pamukkale. The only way for us to get to Denizli from Cappadocia is by bus, 10hr overnight bus arriving Denizli 5:30am. From there, you can catch a dolmus or mini bus to Pamukkale. First bus at 7am, TL2 for 40mins journey. Make sure you catch the right bus cause there will be lots of people claiming to be your friend but up to no good. The mini bus will drop you off at the foot hill of Pamukkale then you need to crawl your way up the slope (5-10mins walk) to get there. Wow was the word I said when I first saw it, the morning sun reflecting on the white hill will just blow you away and put energy into the tired body. We went to a restaurant asking whether breakfast is available, the next thing we know, they're already preparing Turkish breakfast. It seems like, breakfast to them means only Turkish breakfast so beware. We took a stroll on the lake just below the hill before walking up the travertines. We highly recommend you to walk up the travertines, even though it can be very cold and tiring. We've seen tour group that drove people all the way to the top of the hill, take a picture then leave, that's not the way to see Pamukkale and by our standard, you haven't been to Pamukkale until you walked up the travertines. The entrance fee is TL20, be there early so you can have the travertines by yourself. You have to take off your shoes as you walk up the travertines. The water was amazingly cold, as if we were walking bare foot on ice.
We had lunch at Denizli bus station before boarding our 4.5hr bus to Antalya (TL25) for sunshine and beach.
~ By Philip